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CKC September Blog Hop


Welcome to September’s CKC blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Susanne.  If you didn’t and would like to join in, hop back to the beginning at the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a while.

I signed up for the hop as soon as I saw challenge 1 to use a Shimelle sketch.  I was off to a weekend retreat  with my Counterfeit kit and I have loads of Shimelle’s sketches on my Pinterest board so there was no way that wasn’t going to happen, right? WRONG!

It wasn’t until I remarked that I hadn’t touched my kit that Jemma reminded me that I had signed up for the hop and it was this Saturday!  That gave me less than a week, but no worries I got cracking when I got home on Sunday and I now have not one, but two Shimelle sketches to show you.

I started with this sketch:

My LO was inspired by Diana Waite’s interpretation of the sketch on Shimelle’s blog. Before I went on the retreat I matted 9 photos in a grid – that grid with one of the Polka Dot Party sheets in my kit only needed a little embellishment to complete a page:


I was quite pleased with how my alpha forgeries turned out.  I started with Amy Tangerine kraft alphas, then added two coats of gesso before finishing off with pearl shimmer embossing powder.

The edge isn’t perfect but I think it’s good enough.  I made a bit of a mistake when I did the alphas for my next page.  I had already inked and powdered two letters before I realised I’d picked up the wrong powder – clear gloss instead of pearl glimmer.  Take a look: can you tell which ones they are?


I used this sketch to scrap photos of Puddle Duck at her niece’s 5th birthday party.

So that’s me done for now.  It’s time to bid you a fond farewell and send you on your way to Tina, who is next on the hop.  Hope you’ll be back soon – I have lots more scrappy goodness to share form that retreat (2.5 mini albums, 2 12X12 LOs and 2 pocket pages!)

Farewell to August


So another month draws to a close and I’ve squeezed two more pages from my August Counterfeit kit, by bringing in a couple of background sheets from last July’s Counterfeit kit.

First up is one to finally use that gorgeous Basic Grey paper with the flamingos and giraffes.  It really is a paper for a lovey dovey couple photo, so I picked a photo of The Grandad and The Grandma taken at a restaurant on the outskirts of Birmingham, after they had been champagne tasting for The Grandad’s birthday this year.

I used this sketch from Sketch n Scrap, so that I could have a lot of that paper on show without it being the background sheet:

I kept it clean and simple and used a few phrases cut from the scraps of July’s kit:


For my last LO I used the 15 August sketch from Stuck?!

I twisted it 90 degrees to use this photo of The Uncle holding Puddle Duck on her visit to The Grandma and The Grandad. It was in a frame in her bedroom, but she’s having a clear out and I wanted to make sure it was scrapped and not put in a box.


I did a bit of doodling with my white pen, including some faux stitching.  I’m linking this one up with Shimelle‘s weekly challenge – to use lots of layering.

Vintage and Autumnal Flowers


I’ve been busy with my Krafty Florals kit.  The colours felt autumnal to me and were perfect for scrapping these photos I took of the Pagoda Fountain at Alton Towers – especially the kraft card stock printed with garlands of paper lanterns:


We went for a couple of days in autumn half term in 2012.  I remember visiting on a school trip when there were far less rides than there are now.  At that time the gardens were an important part of the attraction, but they are much less so now that it is a theme park.

The other photo which was perfect for scrapping with tis kit was one taken at my dance school.  Brown was very much ‘in’ when I was at school, as were floral maxi dresses and a gypsy dress with a lace underskirt showing below the hem was the height of fashion!  And the title is from a popular Abba hit from the time.


I used the doily print pp for the background and an old Shimelle sketch from my Pinterest board. I added some splatters with pink shimmer mist and gold ink.  I would really like to know how to get larger splatters – mine seem to turn out such small dots of colour.

My third page is done and I’ve signed up for the members blog hop at the Counterfeit Challenge Kit – I hope you’ll join us on 24 August.

One Kit and Three Pages in One Weekend


And some random fandom….

It’s not very often I have a day out at the weekend AND manage to get some scrapping done, but this weekend I managed it.  Mind you, there was absolutely no housework or gardening done and cooking was kept to a minimum.

We went to Manchester on Saturday to Comicon.  Puddle Duck wanted to see Jellie Bee – her second favourite You Tuber.  Jellie was so touched that she’d traveled all that way to see her and saved her pocket money to buy her sketch book on Kick Starter, that she did her a special speed sketch of her favourite Steven Universe character as a thank-you.

The rest of the weekend was spent with me scrapping and Puddle Duck drawing while we watched The Big Bang Theory on Netflix. I got three pages done – I put it down to the speed technique I tried for the first time last year – working on three pages at once using the same set of supplies.  It cuts down on the length of time sorting through papers and embellishments and dithering over whether to use something now or save it for something else.

I’ll start by satisfying Lesley’s curiosity and show you my page using my bee paper:


This happened at the start of July, so the timing couldn’t have been better with that bee paper in July’s Counterfeit kit.  I wasn’t at home when the bees swarmed.  The Grandma and The Grandad couldn’t get onto the drive when they arrived to collect Puddle Duck after school.  By the time I got home that evening it was too dark to see properly but this large nest is what I found the next morning – in the tree at the bottom of the drive.  I phoned the British Bee Keepers Association and they were gone by lunchtime.

My next page is perhaps an odd choice of subject for a summer kit – Puddle Duck’s school Christmas Party from 2011!


I used a couple of chipboard pieces from June’s kit.  I’m thinking I need some embellishment below the title – to bring that teal/green down to the bottom, but I’m not sure the best way to do it.  So I’m calling it done for now and I reserve the right to revisit it if inspiration strikes.

For my third and final LO I had a photo from shortly after Puddle Duck’s second birthday, when we went to the Lake District.  And you can’t possibly go to the Lake District without visiting The World of Beatrix Potter. I’m not sure she was supposed to go into the exhibit, but a photo with Missy Tiggy Winkle was too good to miss!

I had my papers picked out when I went to bed on Saturday night and awoke to find a Shimelle sketch challenge on her blog on Sunday morning.  It certainly saved me a lot of thinking time.


I fussy cut flowers and clouds from papers in my kit for the scattered embellishments. I’m not sure about writing directly onto such busy patterned paper – it makes the journalling hard to read.  And I’m not sure how best to fix the title – it was only writing this blog that I realised the I got the name of the museum wrong.

Oh well, back to the drawing board!!!

Having a Blast


I’ve been busy this week.  Puddle Duck’s bedroom is done and I’ve been having a blast with Shimelle’s Scrapbook Process course. I have all but finished my Lapland scrapbook album – just titles and journalling for 3 pages and one left to embellish and it’s done.  I’ve even done a card to fit in the window on the front cover.

I think I’ll wait until that’s finished and show you the complete album.  For now I have two pages to share for challenges and both using Counterfeit kits.  First is a page from this month’s kit, using this month’s sketch on the Facebook group Sketchy Scrappers:


Puddle Duck insisted on helping and adding some sparkle with Stickles.  I think I might need to add something to the top right of the photos – maybe some journalling will do it; and some more sparkle!

My second page uses my counterfeit kit from last December and fits Shimelle’s challenge to produce a page with strong horizontal lines.


I’m beginning to think that I need a new way to scrap 3 4X6 photos – I seem to be doing this a lot lately!

Keeping up and Starting Early with Books


Shimelle and Glitter Girl are generating 2 challenges a week at the moment and in an attempt to keep up I have combined two in one – use numbers and multiple photos.  That starship and Wonder Boy’s first birthday in Glitter Girl’s page inspired this page of my nephew’s first birthday party:


That chipboard rocket and most of the papers are from My Mind’s Eye’s Boy Crazy collection.  I really wanted to use that bright yellow paper as the background and include the plaid pattern on it’s reverse to pick up on The Uncle’s shirt, but I only had one sheet.  Glitter Girl to the rescue with that wonderful technique to cut a full width strip of the pattern and then cut and trim the background and mount all three pieces on a full 12 X 12 sheet (you can see it all explained properly in the video here).

The red background with pink spots is from Maggie Holmes, the numbers are from Shimelle’s first collection and the tag and flags are Crate Paper’s Birthday collection.  I went with a column of smaller photos and a number countdown to balance the vertical of the rocket on the right.

This week Shimelle challenged us to include a book in our scrapbook.  I used two in this LO (although I don’t think this is quite what she had in mind) – as borders either side of the photos:


I used Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic papers because the cut apart sheets include some library card elements and that pink picks up the pink in Puddle Duck’s clothes.  The two books are cut from a sheet from Crate Paper’s Grandma’s Shop collection.  I think the page needs a little more embellishment, but I’m not sure what just yet.

Puddle Duck has always liked books and she had her own little book corner when she was a baby.  I have so many photos of her with books I had to make another LO.  This one uses Shimelle’s first collection and more Fifth and Frolic:


It’s hard to see in the photo but the pink frame to the left of the photo is stamped with due dates like a library book.  They’d already abandoned stamping books and gone over to an electronic system by the time Puddle Duck joined the library, but most of the books still had the old stamped slips inside.

I’ve got another couple of  book LOs to do – see you soon.

Oh, and for those who expressed an interest in the Alice cut apart sheet and cut-out dressing dolls in my last post – it’s from Marion Smith’s Mad Tea Party Collection.


Working with White (or not!)


I decided to try the latest Glitter Girl challenge to use just one sheet of white card stock and a pack of nearly used 6X6 paper.  I had an old school photo, a part used pad of Echo Park’s Back to School papers and inspiration from Pinterest (is that Pinspiration?).  The challenge was precipitated by a request for help from scrappers with limited stash, so I decided that the buttons in the inspiration page were fair game to use, since every house has a button tin right? (or is that just me?).  I also used some paperclips and staples to add a bit more interest; since these are everyday stationery items I don’t consider that to be cheating either.


I’m not too enamoured with the end result.  I think the high proportion of browns in the papers fit with the data of the photo, but the white back ground is a little too stark.  I am thinking about lifting the three groupings and transferring them onto another background.  Or maybe i should just add some ink splatters.

I had more success using up some of my old Basic Grey papers.  I love this collection so much I took the opportunity to grab some extra sheets when a friend destashed a while ago.


The journalling was inspired by a challenge on Soul Scrappers to use Joni Mitchell’s song Big Yellow Taxi as inspiration for a page.  There’s a nice shot of green in this page so I will be linking up to Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, where this month’s challenge is to scrap with green.

I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment and I have three more pages to share with you later this week.